London FM Pirates Scan (Regularly Updated)

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan (Regularly Updated)

Post by teckniqs » Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:02 pm

94.4 Used to be called Street FM
96.3 hasn't been on for a few years, or is it back on now?
92.7 is Natural Vibez back on again.

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan (Regularly Updated)

Post by nrgkits.nz » Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:38 am

How many licensed stations are there in London? Here in Auckland the first one is 88.6 and they go up in steps of 800KHz with the last being 106.2 - all are power in the kilowatts from SkyTower and cover the whole city and outlying rural areas. In between these freqs eg 400KHz in between there are other stations that are located out of Auckland but can still be heard - there are no pirates here and there's no clear freqs to use unless they used the LPFM freqs at the ends of the band.

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan (Regularly Updated)

Post by bristolpirates » Sun Jul 08, 2018 9:43 am

nrgkits.nz wrote:
Sun Jul 08, 2018 8:38 am
How many licensed stations are there in London? Here in Auckland the first one is 88.6 and they go up in steps of 800KHz with the last being 106.2 - all are power in the kilowatts from SkyTower and cover the whole city and outlying rural areas. In between these freqs eg 400KHz in between there are other stations that are located out of Auckland but can still be heard - there are no pirates here and there's no clear freqs to use unless they used the LPFM freqs at the ends of the band.
In the UK, we have 5 sub-bands used by the 5 national stations. This takes out 88 to 94.something, then from 97 to 102. The gap between 94 and 97 gets used for local BBC and commercial services. Then from 102 upwards, the same mix of BBC and commercial all the way to 107.9.

The dial in Bristol is chock full mostly. London seems a bit clearer, but it's much bigger and not next door to Wales (lots of transmitters on big hills which can travel even with lower power), and I've only really looked at central London whenever I get over that way. It's possible the outskirts of London are as bad as Bristol. The strength of the distant stations varies so much that sometimes you could have a problem riding over the top of them. They managed to find space for 3 community stations so far (a 4th on the way), which are low power and always positioned between or on top of distant but audiable stations from other areas. The other day, a strong Radio 1 relay, north of Bristol, was strong enough to bleed over one of the community stations .1 up from it.

Pirate stations these days will typically do the same as the community stations, and squeeze themselves into any space where there is a weak outsider station but no strong locals, but with more power than the community stations are allowed. London stations have been doing this since at least the 90s anyway, as there are so many of them.

In Auckland, you could probably squeeze a station in 300khz up from one of the locals. That would avoid being directly on top of a weak outsider station, and give enough space between you and the local to be heard on older radios with wider filters.

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Re: London FM Pirates Scan (Regularly Updated)

Post by bristolpirates » Sun Jul 08, 2018 12:31 pm

teckniqs wrote:
Fri Jul 06, 2018 4:02 pm
94.4 Used to be called Street FM
96.3 hasn't been on for a few years, or is it back on now?
92.7 is Natural Vibez back on again.
Cheers dude.

There's also Street Vibes on 99.6.

Here's my complete SDR scan (playlist - 7 parts) -

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